With the Resurrection Day season approaching I wanted to see if I could find some films which fit the actual reason for the season. When I heard of the recently released film ‘Twas the Night Before Easter, remembering how I enjoyed watching Christmas themed films like It’s a Meaningful Life, and since they were nice enough to put it on Netflix (I know I’ve been watching Netflix more lately lol) I knew I had to watch this movie for myself to see if it would be a film I’d show to my future children. Although this wasn’t bad, I was expecting a little more out of this presentation…
‘Twas the Night Before Easter is a story about a dissatisfied reporter named Marlee Meade, who comes across a news story regarding a failing theater. On a passionate whim, she decides to quit her job in the hope of putting on a successful play and revive the Crisper County Theater. Marlee, her assistant, and the theater owner write and organize a play called “Up with Bunnies!” and desire for it to be a wondrously amazing performance. Miss Meade desires to enlist the famous singer Cassie Casaba, played by Melinda Doolittle, in order to attract more people to their play, but Cassie’s already scheduled to sing at an Easter Sunday sunrise service. Maybe I was expecting too much, but my first impression was different than the movie’s actual direction.
I thought ‘Twas the Night Before Easter would be similar to Saint Nicholas where the VeggieTales cast would correct certain misconceptions about Easter. Maybe they did that focus for their An Easter Carol movie, (<–movie review as of 4-14-11) but I have yet to see that film so I don’t know; I plan to watch/review it next week. I felt for the most part they wrote a good story, but the scriptural passage they tried to apply I felt wasn’t applied the best. The scriptural passage they used was Mark 10:45 which is a good passage to remember, but perhaps maybe because they used that verse they should have changed the story a little bit where Cassie willingly performs for the play after overhearing the conversation between Miss. Meade and the Pastor instead… Although they did talk about Jesus and I liked what they had to say, I felt they could have talked about Christ more considering his death and resurrection are the whole point of celebrating this special Holiday. I also wished they would have eventually condemned the “Up With Bunnies!” play by saying ‘bunnies are not what Easter is all about’, because of their condemnation of the Bunny song in Rack, Shack, and Benny. Other than those concerns, I thought their parodies and jokes, including one involving American Idol, were pretty funny. I also liked the silly song The Hopperena by the French Peas lol. Although overall I felt this movie could have been better, I have no doubt this movie was better than unbiblical alternatives like Russell Brand’s Hop.
TCP Movie Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.